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Women's skiing: Mancuso 3rd and Vonn 1st again

ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG, Austria -- Lindsey Vonn won't be able to fly home for Christmas because of the World Cup schedule. Then again, why would she want to leave Europe?

The American won a super-combi Saturday for her second consecutive victory, sending her to the top of the overall standings. Teammate Julia Mancuso was third for the second race in a row.

Vonn led after the downhill leg and finished with a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.28 seconds after the slalom. It was her third win this season.

"With so many good racers out, I didn't have to take too many risks on my slalom run. I decided to make it a smart race," said Vonn, who was known as Lindsey Kildow until she married fellow Olympian Thomas Vonn in September.

The next races are a slalom and giant slalom in Austria on Dec. 28-29. So, for a third year in a row, Vonn will spend Christmas at Maria Riesch's home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Riesch was the runner-up Saturday, 0.63 seconds behind. Mancuso, whose grandparents Ciro and Velma live in Patterson, was another 0.02 back.

Only 17 skiers completed both disciplines on the bumpy and icy course.

Mancuso, of Olympic Valley, said she struggled with her equipment at the start of the season, but was happy to get two podium finishes in two days.

"We did a lot of testing with the new material and now I finally have skis that suit me perfectly," she said.

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